Storms bring out heavy rain and winds that can easily damage homes and force homeowners to do costly repairs and renovations. How expensive, you ask? The average household spends around $7,946 to repair their homes after withstanding a storm, and this can range from $2000 to $13,600 depending on how bad the damage is. To minimize a storm’s impact on your home, it’s important to ‘prepare’ it and make it stormproof (or at least storm-resilient). It stands to reason that the more prepared you are, the better your chances are of keeping damage to a minimum.
However, there are instances wherein there isn’t enough time to do a full storm prep, but this doesn’t mean that it’s too late to take steps in preparing your house for the incoming storm. As such, we’ll be taking a look at storm-prepping tips that you can a day before the storm arrives.
#1 Clean Your Rain Gutters
Your rain gutters may seem inconsequential when you’re looking at a massive storm in the weather report, but clearing it out can go a long way to prevent flooding and water damage. Rain gutters help divert water away from your home, specifically your foundation. Take note that structural damage to your foundation due to water won’t only compromise your home’s integrity and safety, but it can be very costly to repair. For homes with basements, failing to divert rainwater away with gutters can lead to flooding, which can be equally stressful, unsafe, and expensive.
That said, it won’t take you a day (or specialized tools) to have your rain gutters cleaned and ensure that they function properly. However, if you’re short on time, it may be best to hire a company that offers gutter cleaning services in Seattle, WA, before the storm arrives.
#2 Trim Your Trees
Even sturdy trees can fall victim to strong winds that accompany storms, which can result in branches snapping and being thrown by the wind. These falling branches can damage your roof, windows, or anything in your property that isn’t protected by a roof. As such, you need to call your local lawn care or tree care companies to safely and quickly do preventive pruning on the trees in your property.
#3 Move or Strap Down Everything in the Yard
Strong winds can easily damage any furniture that’s in your yard or turn them into lethal high-speed projectiles that can damage your home. As such, it’s important to bring in all the furniture in your lawn inside the house, garage or shed, or at least have them tied down with straps and ropes.
#4 Charge Everything
You have to expect that electricity would be down during and long after the storm, so it’s important to have all your electronics (cellphones, laptops, flashlights, radios, and power banks) charged. It shouldn’t take you a few hours to have all the necessary electronics on a full battery.
Bonus: Be Ready for the Next Storm
After the storm has passed, you need to take note of your lapses so that you’ll be much more prepared when the next storm comes.
While prepare for an imminent storm in advance is ideal for giving your house the best chance of withstanding its full force with the least amount of damage, it’s never too late for you to take these last-minute prepping steps to improve your home’s chances of minimizing damage. As they say, better late than never.